Hong Kong holds silent protest against new Chinese security law

A taxi drives past a big banner featuring the Hong Kong National Security Law in Hong Kong Monday

The United States on Monday began revoking the special treatment extended by law to Hong Kong, heightening the stakes in its showdown with China over Beijing's moves to use a new national security law to tighten its grip over the territory.

Another spike in tensions between the U.S. and China came after Beijing introduced new legislation for Hong Kong envisaging imprisonment and penalties for subversive activity and attempts to undermine state authority.

A government advertisement (left) promoting China's national security law is displayed inside an MTR train station in Hong Kong.

Members of Hong Kong's opposition parties are also unclear if their public support for greater autonomy will disqualify them from seeking office.

China and Hong Kong could still face stiffer penalties for the law, which comes at a time when the Communist Party is determined to bring the semiautonomous city more tightly into Beijing's orbit.

Beijing has defended the law by arguing such a measure is needed to restore stability to Hong Kong, which has been rocked by sometimes violent protests over the past year stemming first from a now-shelved extradition bill and general dissatisfaction with Beijing's heavy-handed governance.

Beijing said on Monday it will impose visa restrictions on U.S. individuals over Hong Kong, mirroring Washington's sanctions against unnamed Chinese officials deemed responsible for curbing freedoms in the city. The new law was met by waves of protests and condemnation from the United States.

"The move severely impacts Hong Kong society's freedom, human rights and stability".

Buildings are seen above Hong Kong and Chinese flags as pro China supporters celebration after China's parliament passes national security law for Hong Kong in Hong Kong
Hong Kong holds silent protest against new Chinese security law

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters' questions during a press conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

The new law will be applied to Hong Kong as soon as Wednesday.

Rights groups, many western governments and the Unitied Nations' rights body have expressed alarm over the law.

Under the handover agreement, the Sino-British Joint Declaration, signed in 1984, Hong Kong's Basic Law was drafted, which is meant to guarantee the city a high degree of autonomy for at least 50 years after 1997 under the "one country, two systems" model.

After months of sometimes-violent protests in Hong Kong against Beijing's encroachment last year, the new security law has heightened doubts about Hong Kong's future as a global financial hub and a regional base for worldwide companies that for years were drawn by the city's relative freedoms.

Yet Lam also admitted that Hong Kong officials had not seen the full proposed text of the national security law in the weeks leading up to its passage.

The Trump administration has taken a series of steps after China announced its intentions to approve the national security law back in May. The city's July 1 holiday has always been marked by a large protest march by opposition groups, under the umbrella of the Civil Human Rights Front.



Latest news

Ryan Reynolds hilariously crashes X-Men cast reunion
Soon, almost everyone had left to attend other reunions (for Star Trek and James Bond, for instance) except Reynolds and Jackman. Personally, it would be great to see Reynolds, Jackman, and Schrieber working together again in the future.

China's army gives limited approval to potential Covid-19 vaccine
The first two phases of human trials for the vaccine, called Covaxin, are scheduled to start across the country in July. After its' putting into use, the annual output of COVID-19 vaccine will reach 120 million doses.

Starbucks Adds Plant-based Meat to US Menu
The new sandwich features the plant-based Impossible Sausage patty, along with dairy-based cheese and animal-derived eggs. The product, which has 22 grams of protein , will be available in the USA beginning today, June 23.

PlayStation Plus July 2020 Games Celebrates 10 Years of the Service
PS Plus July 2020 line-up has been revealed today by Sony, with the next PlayStation Plus line-up featuring three free PS4 games . If you download them before they leave the service, those games are available as long as you're a subscriber.

Siddaramaiah, DK Shivakumar cycle to party office protesting fuel hike in Bengaluru
Similarly, diesel attracts 63 per cent or Rs 49.43 per litre as taxes, including Rs 31.83 as excise duty and Rs 17.60 as VAT. Collection of levy is Rs 30 per liter, they have reduced it by Rs10 or 15 per liter so that rise on petrol would be lowered.

Other news